The Untold Truth Of Cher And Sonny Bono’s Only Child

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Chaz Bono has lived his life in the public eye since birth, his parents being the iconic Cher and Sonny Bono, renowned for their musical and television success. While his father transitioned into a successful political career before his tragic skiing accident in 1998, Cher continued to excel in music and acting, even winning an Oscar for her role in “Moonstruck.”

Breaking free from the shadow of his parents’ fame, Chaz became a notable celebrity in his own right. His announcement, post-40th birthday, regarding his gender transition became a pivotal moment. His openness about his transmasculine journey in the media propelled him to become one of the most well-known transgender figures in the public eye, despite facing backlash from certain segments of society.

Chaz made his debut on TV at a tender age, appearing on shows like “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” alongside his famous parents. Despite the early exposure to show business, he recounted feeling increasingly disconnected from typical femininity as he grew older, noting his sense of being different from his peers.

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Venturing into music, Chaz attempted to follow his parents’ footsteps and formed a band called Ceremony, which signed with Cher’s label, Geffen Records. Despite releasing an album, the band did not find commercial success.

Coming out initially as a lesbian in 1995, Chaz later realized that his identity was not aligned with his assigned sex at birth. He shared his experiences of feeling inadequate as a lesbian, ultimately leading to the realization of his true gender identity as a heterosexual man.

In 2009, Chaz publicly embarked on his gender-affirming journey. He underwent hormone therapy and top surgery, later discussing his hopes for future surgeries to align further with his identity, notably expressing interest in genital reconstruction surgery.

His transition and openness about his journey were met with challenges, particularly in Cher’s acceptance of the change. Cher admitted to initially struggling with Chaz’s transition but eventually came to understand and accept it, realizing her concerns were more about the person he would become rather than the change itself.

Chaz produced the Emmy-nominated documentary “Becoming Chaz,” chronicling his gender transition, receiving acclaim for its honest portrayal and contribution to changing perceptions about transgender individuals.

His story and openness in the media have not only shed light on transgender issues but have also inspired change and understanding, making him an influential figure in the LGBTQ+ community.